Is college football changing for the better or worse?


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The Clemson Tiger mascot at the Clemson/Boston College game on September 19, 2009.

Sean Levonaitis, Staff writer

Every year, in the month of December, the selection committee for college football selects the four teams who have a chance to play for the national title, and be crowned as the best college team in the nation. Although the decisions might sound like a walk in the park, it has been a controversial topic the last couple of years.

These past couple of years people have been wanting to select eight teams into the college football playoffs rather than just four. People believe it will give the underdogs who are not selected the opportunity to make a run for the gold, which would make the playoffs more exciting and entertaining.

One underdog everyone remembers is the 9-7 New York Giants who made a run and became Super Bowl Champions in 2012. They managed to win four games to secure the title, and if the NFL were just selecting four teams to the playoffs, they would have never been able to become champions.

Tom Coughlin, the head coach of the Giants that year, had an interview after the game. “Everyone loves to see the underdog win,” Coughlin said. “And we sure did that.”

It will give the viewers the match ups they have always wanted. For example, the past two years the college UCF has gone 24-1 and still never have been selected to the college football playoffs. This also makes the teams selected into the playoffs work harder because they have to win more games in order to reach the championship.

Many fans of the sport believe the idea of expanding it to eight teams comes with some negatives as it will expand the season for the athletes, increasing the risk of fatigue and injury. 

Jason Kirk, who is a NCAA writer for SB Nation, had some words to say on the topic. “A playoff of eight or more teams would mean three-loss teams winning it,” Kirk said. “Diluting the credibility of the entire thing.”